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How many times did the same students get suspended? Find your school

In the midst of all the talk about suspensions, I've gotten a bunch of questions about the recidivism rate.

While I can't give you specifics -- for instance, how many students got suspended five times or more -- I did ask the district for the number of students suspended at each school, versus the number of suspensions.

Why are those two numbers significant?

Because the same student can be suspended multiple times. Here's what I mean: Overall, the Buffalo Public Schools had 12,905 short-term suspensions in 2010-11. (Short-term means one to five days, assigned by a principal.) But only 5,999 students got suspended. So, on average, a student who got suspended ended up suspended twice, more or less.

In some schools, the average student who got suspended was suspended about three times: North Park Middle led the pack, followed by Riverside High School, Southside Elementary, Waterfront Elementary, Buffalo Elementary School of Technology and Harriett Ross Tubman.

At the other end of the spectrum, at some schools, most students who were suspended were suspended only once: Early Childhood Center 82, Olmsted 64, D'Youville Porter, Hutch Tech and Middle Early College.

Here's the full list:

School # School Total students 2010-11 Short-term suspensions 2010-11 Students who got short-term suspensions Average # of suspensions per student suspended
3 D'Youville Porter 685 10 10 1.0
6 BEST 670 317 118 2.7
17 Early Childhd Ctr 17 455 93 58 1.6
18 Pantoja 495 149 78 1.9
19 Native Am Magnet 510 155 73 2.1
27 Hillery Park 600 171 70 2.4
30 Frank Sedita 782 381 173 2.2
31 Harriett Ross Tubman 501 523 197 2.7
32 Bennett Park 948 65 49 1.3
33 Bilingual Center 33 537 112 72 1.6
37 Futures Academy 587 318 176 1.8
39 MLK 765 323 176 1.8
43 Lovejoy Discovery 554 211 99 2.1
45 Intl School 45 927 232 128 1.8
53 Community Schl 53 424 210 109 1.9
54 Blackman 503 125 50 2.5
56 Olmsted 56 629 58 43 1.3
59 Drew Science Magnet 607 371 169 2.2
61 Early Childhd Ctr 61 324 95 54 1.8
64 Olmsted 64 583 2 2 1.0
65 Roosevelt 392 27 20 1.4
66 North Park Middle 544 646 206 3.1
67 Discovery 630 53 22 2.4
69 Houghton 538 189 99 1.9
72 Lorraine 608 76 45 1.7
74 Hamlin Park 527 74 36 2.1
76 Badillo 673 287 111 2.6
79 Grabiarz 756 436 176 2.5
80 Highgate Heights 643 168 83 2.0
81 School 81 750 132 64 2.1
82 Early Childhd Ctr 82 481 4 4 1.0
84 Erie Co Health Ctr 78      
89 Wright 901 177 118 1.5
90 Drew ECC 90 411 64 30 2.1
91 BUILD 660 398 172 2.3
93 Southside 1100 507 173 2.9
94 West Hertel 654 151 85 1.8
95 Waterfront 971 710 260 2.7
97 Austin 350 156 77 2.0
99 Makowski 942 116 65 1.8
187 Performing Arts 996 206 135 1.5
195 City Honors 990 34 27 1.3
197 MST Prep 445 290 150 1.9
198 International Prep 506 124 80 1.6
200 Bennett 1134 599 268 2.2
204 Lafayette 654 112 82 1.4
205 Riverside 879 1028 359 2.9
206 South Park 931 447 223 2.0
212 da Vinci 503 11 6 1.8
301 Burgard 714 724 299 2.4
302 Emerson 566 100 78 1.3
304 Hutch Tech 1352 19 17 1.1
305 McKinley 1340 341 228 1.5
307 East 720 440 271 1.6
402 OTC 63 1    
415 Middle Early College 370 31 26 1.2
  Total 36738 12905 5999 2.2

 

- Mary Pasciak

facebook.com/mary.pasciak     twitter.com/SchoolZoneBlog    mpasciak@buffnews.com

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